Bienen Ensembles

Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra

The Music of Dexter Gordon

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 7:30pm CDT

Galvin Recital Hall

Derrick Gardner, conductor

Tenor saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Dexter Gordon was among the most influential of the early bebop musicians, with a studio and performance career spanning more than 40 years. He honed a distinctive sound characterized by its spacious feel and behind-the-beat improvisations, as well as his signature use of musical quotations from well-known melodies. The Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra shares a selection of Gordon’s groundbreaking compositions.

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Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.

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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.